What Does The Virginia DMV Do?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The Department of Wildlife Resources is responsible for boat registrations and boater education and licensing.

When you move to Virginia, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 60 days of establishing residency in the state. Prior to registration, you must take your vehicle for an emissions inspection if you live in a participating county.

The DMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Virginia are not required to get a VA license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The VA DMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Permit tests
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration renewal
  • Plate purchases, deactivations, and surrenders
  • Duplicate registration or title issuance
  • Specialty plate orders
  • Disability placard renewals
  • Vehicle report of sale
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Address changes
  • Driving records

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the Virginia Driver Manual, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers an online practice test to give you the extra prep you need.

The Virginia DMV partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, driver education and training, motorcycle training and testing, vehicle inspections, and CDL training and testing in the state.

Contact Information

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

P.O. Box 27412

Richmond, VA 23269

Phone: (804) 497-7100

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